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Speech: Platform Posture and Appearance


Published 1949


Audiences are impressed by what they see as well as what they hear.


Run time 8:48
Producer Centron Corporation
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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Deals with the importance of proper posture and good appearance for the public speaker. Each element is treated from the viewpoint of the inexperienced speaker. Points out that an audience is impressed by what it sees as well as what it hears.
Ken Smith sez: "'Why did my speech fail?' Mister, you don't look good, that's why!" The narrator of this film reassures us that "appearance is something you can control" and encourages us to "think tall, talk tall, stand tall, walk tall." Speakers who don't fit this mold are shown, with accompanying derogatory labels such as "the tired farm horse type" and "the telephone pole type." The high point of the film, however, is a cameo appearance by Professor Buehler, demonstrating his unique "knee test" for proper posture.
Why is appearance so important for a speaker? Because, the narrator blandly admits, "Your appearance may help convince your audience that you know what you're talking about."

The usual stylish Centron montages; starkly lit, surreal.

PHYSICAL APEARANCE GROOMING CLOTHING POSTURE SPEECH PUBLIC SPEAKING AUDIENCES ORATORY TALKING KNEES DANCING WEIRDNESS SURREALISM
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Reviewer: dahszil - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2014
Subject: Brought to you by the
Edward Bernays Institute for government and corporate propaganda. Forget about the content just so you are brainwashed by appearance. Highly praised by Hyacinthe Bucket(pronounced Bouquet!!!)

give it a three for absurdity. and at the ap 4:38 point that mind graphic was surreal. almost as good as man ray, de cherico or dali.
Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavorite - October 8, 2014
Subject: How To Speak In Public
Thank god I never saw this film prior to presenting my thesis. Those close-ups of the audience staring at the speaker are downright scary. After seeing that I'd a never got up in front of an audience.

They don't get into that thing where you're supposed to imagine the people in the audience all sitting there nude. I forget what that's supposed to accomplish, but I've heard that advice somewhere.

Very dry. I'm surprised Jam Handy didn't do this film, but the again, U of KS did do a number of films on this topic. Speech must've been that school's specialty back then.
Reviewer: Mr. - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2007
Subject: Speech: Platform Posture and Appearance
An adequate Centron short that was lampooned well on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2005
Subject: I'm thinking tall!
Fairly bland film in the interesting 'Speech' series that Centron put out. This one covers posture and appearance. Stand Tall! Don't Think Small! They give several bad examples of how not to speak, all of which I'm sure I've broken before. I liked the hands folded like a rapper pose lol. Anyways, if you're looking to stand correctly, grab your knees and swing around! Unfortunately, it doesnt say if you're supposed to do it on or off stage, leading me to believe some speech audiences in the 50's to comment among themselves, "Why is he doing a knee shuffle for?"
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2002
Subject: Speech: Platform Posture and Appearance
Even adults were not exempt from watching hygiene films in the 50's. This public speaker's training film is all about how you will be judged on your appearance. Examples of people with dorky posture and appearance are held up for thinly-veiled ridicule. What's amazing is that the guy advocating "lip and tongue action" in Speech: Using Your Voice is twice used as a bad example! Don't forget the "knee test"!
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***. Also available on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Episode #619: Red Zone Cuba.
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